Is there anything better than staying at a hotel? The hospitality, the continental breakfasts, the amenities...did we mention the continental breakfasts? But enough about free cinnamon rolls; let’s talk about GERMS.
When you’re staying in a hotel room, you’re staying in the same room that countless other people slept in. And people are gross. Like, really gross. It's not fun to think about, but let's be realistic.
Oh, how we wish that hair dryers were the end of this tale. Remember how people are gross? Yeah, people are gross. Here are some other things in hotel rooms that you might want to avoid, on account of people being gross.
The best part of waking up is...mold in your cup? No, not really. But according to Reader’s Digest, the coffee makers in your hotel room can contain mold. If you need that cup in the morning, perhaps stick with the coffee that they have in the lobby.
Reader’s Digest talked to Jennifer Stagg, MD and naturopathic physician. According to Dr. Stagg, a hotel ice bucket can contain norovirus from previous guests who use the bucket to throw up in. Yuck, there’s a mental picture that nobody asked for.
"The bathroom counter and faucets can sometimes be cleaned with the same cloth used to clean the toilet, thereby transferring germs from fecal matter onto the counter and faucets," says Dr. Stagg. "This can lead to gastrointestinal infections. There may also be GI and respiratory viruses lingering on surfaces." Oh, great.